These Coloradans in Congress are giving up their paychecks during shutdown
By John Aguilar, Denver Post
Several members of Colorado's congressional delegation are putting their money — meaning their paychecks — where their mouths are.
On Thursday, as federal workers were about to lose their first paycheck due to the partial government shutdown, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, announced on Twitter that she would forgo her salary as long as federal workers were in the same boat.
"As long as these workers aren't getting paid, I won't take my paycheck, either," she tweeted.
Two of DeGette's Republican colleagues — Reps. Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn — made the same pledge back when the shutdown began on Dec. 22.
@RepDLamborn: "Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be without pay until Congress can resolve the shutdown issue. That's at least one reason why I will not be receiving my salary until a solution is finalized. I'll continue fighting for what's right and working to protect the American people"
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Thursday also pledged to give his pay earned during the shutdown to charity, something he said he has done during previous government shutdowns.
A spokesman for Sen. Cory Gardner, who was praised by federal workers rallying outside his Denver office on Thursday for being one of the only Republican senators to call for the government to re-open without including money for a border wall, said Colorado's junior senator would give up his pay for as long as the shutdown lasts — but in the event that federal workers aren't given back pay. Gardner would donate that portion of his salary to charity.
A spokeswoman for Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, who took office Jan. 3, said "should this shutdown continue, Jason plans to ask that his salary be withheld until Congress finds a solution." She did not specify when Crow planned to have his pay docked.
Of the seven delegation members who responded Thursday, Rep. Ed Perlmutter was the only one to say he didn't plan to forgo his pay during the shutdown. In a statement, the Democrat's office said no federal employee "should have their paycheck held hostage."
"The folks impacted by this shutdown don't need nice gestures, they need their paycheck and food to provide for their families," the statement said.
Reps. Joe Neguse and Ken Buck had not responded as of late Thursday.
A rank-and-file member of Congress earns $174,000 a year, as does a U.S. senator.
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